On The Trail, Alligator - Click To Enlarge

On The Trail, Alligator

A teenager. They are the ones most likely to share the trails with us.

On The Trail, Alligator - Click To Enlarge
On The Trail, Alligator – Click To Enlarge

I’m not sure when, but Alligators lose the different colors and shades along their body. When adults they are a solid dull color.

On The Trail, Alligator - Click To Enlarge
On The Trail, Alligator – Click To Enlarge

As a point of reference this one was probably close to 3 feet (91cm). Maybe 3 years old. They grow around 1 foot (30.5cm) a year until about 4. Then it’s a slow growth.

Good thing too, they live a long time. A guess is 30 – 50 years, one having been recorded to 80.

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